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Fostering Creativity Through the Arts

"Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement.  And it's the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves." 
- Ken Robinson

Youth arts programming stimulates creative expression and imagination, promotes independent thinking, and develops problem-solving skills.  Through the arts, children gain valuable tools that guide them to becoming engaged, creative, and innovative thinkers. Art education does more than just give students a creative outlet. It can actually help connect them to the larger world, ultimately improving community cohesion. 

Unfortunately, Arts programs in schools have been scaled down considerably.  This has been happening throughout the country, but the negative impact is greatest in low-income communities.  Research has shown that students from low socioeconomic backgrounds who have arts-rich experiences are more likely to achieve key positive outcomes - academically, socially, and civically - compared with their peers who lack access to arts experiences.

The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation seeks to support school programs and organizations that provide equitable access to tools, materials, classes, instruction, and support and guidance for creative expression. By providing more opportunities for youth to participate in visual, literary, and performing arts, we hope to equip them with a creative edge; promote exploration and expression; support academic success across school curriculum; and contribute to their development into caring, educated, and innovative adults.

Grants will be made for:

  • ​Program Costs (including materials & supplies)

  • Capital Improvements

  • Capacity Building

  • Subsidized Tuition

Populations targeted:

  • Children (6-17 yrs.) attending under-resourced schools

  • Young Adults (18-25 yrs.) from under-resourced communities

Examples of the types of programs that we are looking to support include:

  • In-school Arts Programs

  • After-school Arts Programs

  • Community Arts Programs

Preference will be given to innovative organizations with high outreach to families in low-income communities.

To submit a grant application for the Fostering Creativity Through the Arts grant program, please follow the process outlined on the Apply page.

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